The holiday season is chock full of social events, which makes this a perfect time to network your way into an awesome new job. But that doesn't meant that it's necessarily easy. When the champagne is flowing and your energy levels are flagging, it's easy to miss an opportunity (or worse, put your foot in your mouth). Here's how to make the most of the holiday party season.
Call it Secret Santa, or White Elephant, or Yankee Swap: no matter how your office structures its annual holiday gift-giving ritual, it's a potential opportunity to make enemies among your soon-to-be erstwhile office friends and resentful co-workers. Think we're being overly negative? Consider these horrible office holiday gifts, culled from Facebook users who will never cheerfully draw a name from a Santa hat again.
During the holiday season, it's arguably easier to make strides toward your next job than it is to find time to do the one you've got. That's because of all the holiday parties, both work-related and non-, that abound during this time of year. There's no better place to do a little informal networking than a holiday party – that is, of course, as long as you've got your head in the game. In this week's roundup, we look at the common networking mistakes you should avoid, plus an argument against travel as a resume builder, and some good news for people who aren't naturally creative geniuses. (Hint: that's most of us, and it's OK.)
As the holiday season approaches, so do the holiday parties. These events bring up mixed feelings for most of us. In a way, look forward to the parties, anticipating that they'll be at least a little bit fun, but there is also so much to do around this time of year, and extra social events can feel like a waste of time. But, holiday parties are actually rife with opportunity – not just to enjoy ourselves, but to do a little professional networking while we're at it.
What is it about holiday parties that makes people think they should reenact their college keggers? Perhaps it's dealing with a number of different stressors all at once, from pre-travel work deadlines to holiday shopping to coordinating with teammates who are increasingly checked out. Then, of course, there's the bad-decision potentiating power of alcohol. If there's one thing the following stories have taught us, it's that everyone would be better off starting their January cleanse a few weeks early. Certainly, their careers would thank them.
The holidays are a challenging time to be a working person. Half the people you need to talk to seem to be on vacation, or at least mentally checked out, your office is filling up with sugary treats you don't want, but can't stop eating, and the nonstop social whirl seems to bring out the worst in your co-workers. Fortunately, some of PayScale's favorite bloggers and writers have tips on staying healthy and sane during the season -- while maintaining your sense of humor, to boot.